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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Jackhammer is a very dark brown ale with a nice reddish hue. Offering a welcome warming sensation, it has a rich malty sweetness. Fruity esters, expected in this style beer, add to the already complex palate and help to provide an immensely satisfying experience!

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3.2
3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 Dark purple. Medium sweet plum and Chianti with cherry flavored malts up front turning more towards some bitter but fresh resinous, oily hops. Sweet but decently balanced. Only complaint would be that it doesn’t stand out, and it’s not decadent enough to stand on it’s own as a mellow, soft old ale.

3.5
JaBier (7973) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Glass at Hop Cat on 3/29/13. Pours clear red with a medium tan head. Malty and caramelly nose with some alcohol and grassy hops. Malty and caramelly flavor with a grassy hop finish.

3.7
PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2016
Boardman, OH - Vintage Estate Beer and Wine - 12 oz bottle. Cola-like brown pour, light khaki colored head. Brown sugar, nutty accents in the aroma. Molasses, brown sugar, cotton candy presents themselves in the flavor. Thick, sticky rich mouthfeel.

3.3
Strykzone (7363) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Sampled at an esbls tasting. A red brown pour with a small head. A malty flavor with nice fruit. Nothing fancy but a nice beer.

3.4
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2005
MiBG Fest 2005:

Reddish hazy hue with a small tan head. The aroma is malty with notes of maple, caramel, strawberry, herbal hops, and a bit oxidized. The taste starts salty and musty. Caramelized malt supports the twangy apple and cider character, light bitterness as well. A bit of non-aromatic pipe tobacco and a pinch of salt in the finish. The feel is sticky and full with a biting finish. Overall it is a nice beer but lacks a completeness and enjoyment factor I want in my English Olde Ales.

3.4
Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2005
On tap: LIght fruit aroma. Dark amber with a white head. Sweet up front. Kind of appley in the finish. Light alcohol is noticeable. Moderate hop finish.

3.9
ganache (5909) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2017
Bottle PKGD ON 11.02.2016. Nose bread crusts and Munich-y deep malt, dark earth and some roast, mild soy, restrained but ever-present fruit. Touch of sugar, dark, rich. Pour cola-brown but darkening in the glass, still ruby when held under light, head is creamy light tan. Taste sweet and strongly spicy, strong alcohol, sugary, warm, rich earth, big fat rich malt, lots of bread crusts, toasted/scorched flits, not terribly grainy but there’s some in best Continental tradition. Fruit is there (mostly fig) but too restrained; there’s a classiness about it an good integration, but a little pop would do wonders. Full body but not overly heavy or fat, mild crispness is appropriate, some chocolate, some dough, some mild tobacco. Subtle bright citrus, hops indeed still there but light and deft, brown sugar/molasses. Bread crusts and a touch of butter in the long aftertaste. Alcohol needs to mellow but the complexity is already quite good, though the caramel/malt is slightly muddy. A lot of fun with this one. [2017.06.19: 3.9]

1.5
cheap (5863) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Bot. Thick spreading aroma of heavy ale. Initially, I think I’m hitting impy stout but then there is this finer attitude about it. Malty fer sure and then there is a very weak sensation of milk stout. Quite complex and somewhat rude throughout. Strong warming sensations all round. Better not drink 2 of these, I think I’m getting a little dizzy. Obnoxious and rude finish. Over the top. Too much for my girlie taste buds. Not impressed. Seems like it was a bastard child of an impy stout daddy and an American barley wine mommy.

3.8
superspak (5603) - Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2015
12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, light chocolate, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt, fruity/earthy yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, brown sugar, chocolate, raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, chocolate, brown sugar, raisin, plum, cherry, pear, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good old ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.4
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Sweet malty slightly fruity and toffee aroma and taste.


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